Help the community through donations to the 2012 Charity Choice campaign

The Case Western Reserve University 2012 Charity Choice Campaign, which allows each person at CWRU the opportunity to help members of the community who need assistance, officially kicks off this week.

Through the program, individuals can designate to an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit of their choice—which means charitable organizations including churches, synagogues or mosques—or choose to contribute to one or more of the following agencies:

  • United Way of Greater Cleveland, the leading convener and funder of partnerships focused on solutions for the community’s health and human service priorities. United Way makes a difference in the lives of 450,000 people throughout Greater Cleveland.
  • Greater Cleveland Community Shares, which addresses the root causes of social problems facing our neighborhoods, our community and our region. Member organizations provide education, promote health care, protect children and women, advance home ownership, provide job training and employment, build neighborhoods and work to end discrimination.
  • Earth Share Ohio (ESO), a federation working to raise donations for local, regional and national nonprofit conservation and environmental organizations. ESO beneficiary organizations provide vital services in the areas of environmental education, pollution prevention, recreation and trails, and natural resources conservation.

Your donations can make a difference throughout the year. For example:

  • $5 a week ($260 per year) provides a hot nutritious meal to a homebound senior once per week or provides childcare for one toddler per month.
  • $2 a week ($104 per year) provides an hour of individual youth counseling or speech therapy for an adult stroke victim.
  • $10 per week ($520 per year) provides a preparation class for eight immigrants and refugees for the U.S. Citizenship Interview or childcare for one preschool child for two months.

Because of the needs in the community, campaign co-chairs Cyrus Taylor, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Charles Rozek, vice provost and dean of Graduate Studies, hope to top last year’s donations of $221,613, as well as have more people participate in the campaign.

Donations can be made through Dec. 14 via a one-time payment or through payroll deductions throughout the year.

Several opportunities exist to sign up for Charity Choice: Case for Community Day on Oct. 19; the Benefits Fair on Nov. 14 and 15 in the Thwing Center ballroom; or online at Click on the “donate” link for instructions and forms.